Michael Drescher

Associate Professor | Undergraduate Officer

Michael Drescher.Degrees

  • Ph.D. Ecology and Resource Conservation, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 2003
  • MSc Ecology, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 1998

Affiliated Faculty of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

Contact information

519-888-4567 ext. 38795
Location: EV3 3213

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Environmental conservation and natural resource use on private lands

  • Socio-psychological determinants of conservation behaviours
  • Socio-economic dynamics as drivers of land use changes

Climate change and land use effects on temperate and boreal forests

  • Winter ecological effects on forest dynamics
  • Land use impacts on forests
  • Urban forest restoration ecology

Alternative knowledge sources and their applications in natural resource management and planning

  • Methodology of expert knowledge applications
  • Application of alternative knowledge sources in forest management and planning

Contact Michael Drescher for more information on research opportunities for students.

Research projects

  • Psycho-social links of rural landowners to their land as determinants of stewardship ethic (PI, 2011-present) University of Waterloo
  • Snow and frost regimes in Central Ontario and their effects on soil temperature dynamics and tree species composition (PI, 2009–present) University of Toronto and University of Waterloo
  • Spatial community structure of old growth Great Lakes-St  Lawrence Forest (Co-Investigator, 2008–2010) University of Toronto
  • Expert knowledge of forest resource dynamics – its nature and applications (PI, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Long-term forecasts of forest landscape dynamics in boreal Ontario (Co-investigator, 2005–2008) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Recent/key publications

  • Farmer, J.R., Ma, Z., Drescher, M., Dickinson, S., and Knackmuhs, E.G. Private Landowners, Voluntary Conservation Programs, and Implementation of Conservation Friendly Land Management Practices. Conservation Letters (accepted). http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/conl.12241
  • Farmer, J.R., Brenner, J.C., Drescher, M., Dickinson, S., and Knackmuhs, E.G. 2016. Perpetual private land conservation: the case for outdoor recreation and functional leisure. Ecology and Society 21(2):46. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08515-210246
  • Huang, D., and Drescher, M. 2015. Urban crops and livestock: The experiences, challenges, and opportunities of planning for urban agriculture in two Canadian provinces. Land Use Policy 43: 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.10.011
  • Drescher, M. 2014. Snow cover manipulations and passive warming affect post-winter seed germination: a case study of three cold-temperate tree species. Climate Research 60(3): 175-186. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.3354/cr01237
  • Drescher, M. 2014. What is it like to take care of the land? Toward an understanding of private land conservation. Rural Society 23(2): 117–132. http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/rsj.2014.23.2.117
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Johnson, C.J., Buse, L.J., Drew, C.A., and Burgman, M.A. 2013. Toward rigorous use of expert knowledge in ecological research. Ecosphere 4(7): art83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/ES12-00415.1
  • Drescher, M., and Thomas, S.C. 2013. Snow cover manipulations alter survival of early life stages of cold-temperate tree species. Oikos 122(4): 541-554. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20642.x
  • Banin, L., Feldpausch, T.R., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2012. What controls tropical forest architecture? Testing environmental, structural and floristic drivers. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 1179-1190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-8238.2012.00778.x
  • Feldpausch, T.R., Banin, L., Phillips, O.L., et al. 2011. Height-diameter allometry of tropical forest trees. Biogeosciences 8: 1081-1106.  http://www.biogeosciences.net/8/1081/2011/
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. Comparing two sets of forest cover change knowledge used in forest landscape management planning. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53: 591-613. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640561003727110
  • Drescher, M. and Perera, A.H. 2010. A network approach for communicating and evaluating forest change models. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 57-66. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01754.x
  • Drescher, M., Perera, A.H., Buse, L.J., Ride, K., and Vasiliauskas, S. 2008. Uncertainty in expert knowledge of forest succession: a case study from boreal Ontario. Forestry Chronicle 84: 194-209. http://dx.doi.org/10.5558/tfc84194-2
  • Langevelde, F. van, Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A, and Prins, H.H.T. 2008. Modelling instantaneous intake rate of herbivores as function of forage quality and mass: effects on facilitative and competitive interactions between differently sized herbivores. Ecological Modelling 213(3-4): 273-284. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.12.009
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Brink, P.J. van den, and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. Effects of sward structure on herbivore foraging behaviour in a South African savannah: an investigation of the forage maturation hypothesis. Austral Ecology 31: 76-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.2006.01552.x
  • Drescher, M., Heitkönig, I.M.A., Raats, J.G., and Prins, H.H.T. 2006. The role of grass stems as structural foraging deterrents and their effects on the foraging behaviour of cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 101(1-2): 10-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2006.01.011

Courses taught

  • PLAN 104 Perspectives on Planning
  • PLAN 340 Ecology-Based Policy-Making
  • PLAN 452/652 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • ENVS 469 held with PLAN 669 Landscape Ecology, Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • PLAN 474/674 Rural Resilience, Development and Planning
  • PLAN 675 Natural resource stewardship
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